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Wednesday ,31 October, 2018 , 18:00 to 21:00

Soviet and Post-Soviet Movie Club at the Polonsky Academy

Fall Semester 2018/19

A Film of Her Own: Ten Movies by Russian Female Directors

For invitees only

Harvest Time | 2004 | Dir: Marina Razbezhkina | 67 minutes

This is the feature debut of acclaimed Russian documentary filmmaker Marina Razbezhkina. Set in a small village in the Chuvashia region, the story covers the late Soviet period from the 1950s to the 1980s through the eyes of Antonina, a combine driver. It is a powerful and poetic narration of the disintegration of the Soviet dream.

The Soviet Union prided itself on being the country that achieved full gender equality in all spheres of life. However,  although a significant number of progressive policies were introduced after the 1917 Revolution, Soviet women continued to find themselves subject to widespread discrimination and exploitation throughout the twentieth century. This semester, the Soviet and Post-Soviet Movie Club at the Polonsky Academy explores how this ambiguity of modern female experience was reflected in ten movies made by Russian women directors. In the age of #MeToo, Time’s Up, and resurgent “anti-genderism” throughout Central and Eastern Europe, we examine the Soviet legacy of female emancipation and the subsequent transformation of gender roles in post-socialist Russia.

The screenings will take place at the Polonsky Auditorium on Tuesdays at 18:00 (except of the third screening, that is secluded on Wednesday), starting with a brief introduction by Dr. Pavel Vasilyev. All movies will be screened in the Russian original with English subtitles. After each screening, there will be an opportunity for informal discussion.

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